The Cacadu region
Did you know?
The Addo Elephant National Park sustains one of the densest African elephant populations on earth.
The Cacadu region of the Eastern Cape is essentially a district municipality. But as the largest district in the province, it lays claim to great natural, cultural and historical diversity that will captivate and inspire you.
Cacadu region tourism nodes comprise six areas: the Karoo, Baviaanskloof, Addo, Tsitsikamma, Jeffreys Bay, the Sunshine Coast and Grahamstown.
The Karoo is a strangely wonderful place with its vast, desert plains and odd-looking mountains. Be sure to check out the Valley of Desolation - an intriguing geological formation of weathered rock, formed millions of years ago.
Baviaanskloof, or ‘valley of baboons', is another major Cacadu region attraction. It comprises a 192 000 hectare conservation area teeming with game and birdlife and offers a number of adventure and nature-based activities. This beautiful area is also a World Heritage Site.
Addo and Tsitsikamma feature two prominent South African parks, namely the famous Addo Elephant National Park - home to more than 450 African elephants - and the Tsitsikamma National Park, one of the country's adventure tourism hotspots, featuring the world's highest commercial bungee jump.
If sun and sea are on your agenda, look no further than Cacadu's Sunshine Coast and Jeffreys Bay. The Sunshine Coast is a delightful coastal tourism route featuring charming seaside resorts and stunning beaches, while Jeffreys Bay is South Africa's surf capital and one of the best surfing spots in the world.
The quaint town of Grahamstown forms the epicentre of what is called Frontier Country - an area where the Eastern Cape's 100-year frontier wars played out. Several national heritage sites in and around the area speak to its historical, and cultural, significance.
If you're looking to up your cultural quota further, be sure to add a visit to the surreal Owl House at Nieu Bethesda and an authentic African township tour to your Eastern Cape tourism wishlist, you won't be disappointed.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
The Eastern Cape Tourism Board
Tel: +27 (0) 43 701 9600
Cacadu District Municipality
Tel: +27 (0) 41 508 7111